The Worst Government in German History: Sahra Wagenknecht Announces Formation of New Left-wing Party
Prominent Left Party MP Sahra Wagenknecht has announced the formation of a new left-wing political grouping in Germany. This announcement was made during a press conference in Berlin, where she explained the need for a new political force. Wagenknecht argued that the current German government is the worst in the history of the country, and if things continue as they are, Germans may not recognize their country in ten years.
Wagenknecht plans for her new party to run candidates in regional elections in Saxony, Thuringia, and Brandenburg, as well as in the European Parliament election next year. A recent poll commissioned by Bild am Sonntag shows that approximately 27% of Germans would consider voting for Wagenknecht’s new political force.
Until the party’s official formation in 2024, Wagenknecht and nine other Bundestag colleagues who resigned from the Left Party plan to keep their current seats. However, party leadership has suggested that the defectors could lose their mandates earlier. Wagenknecht had previously voiced her dissatisfaction with the existing political forces, stating that many Germans feel unrepresented.
The groundwork for the establishment of the new party was laid with the registration of the “Sahra Wagenknecht Alliance – for reason and justice.” Wagenknecht believes the Left Party has become increasingly irrelevant and aims to offer a platform that preserves Germany’s economic strengths and works towards social justice. She also criticizes Chancellor Olaf Scholz’s government, labeling it the worst in the history of the federal republic.
In terms of foreign policy, Wagenknecht advocates for diplomacy rather than weapon deliveries when dealing with conflicts. She has been a vocal critic of Scholz’s policies towards Russia over the Ukraine conflict, warning against the potential for a global and nuclear conflict. Wagenknecht believes Berlin should take on the role of a peacemaker.
Wagenknecht has repeatedly argued against the EU’s anti-Russia sanctions, asserting that they are more detrimental to the German economy than to the Russian one. She calls for the lifting of these punitive measures. Additionally, Wagenknecht is critical of the European Union as an “elite project” and NATO, advocating for more independence for national states.
As Sahra Wagenknecht establishes her new party, she aims to provide an alternative political force that prioritizes peace-oriented foreign policy, normalization of relations with Russia, and economic and social justice. With significant support from the German population, Wagenknecht’s party could have a substantial impact on the political landscape in the coming years.